I had 49 days to train for my first marathon.
That includes tapering – and the first three days getting wiped out by a blizzard/polar vortex double whammy.
What follows is NOT a shortcut strategy to marathon success. (No one’s going to interpret my 5:31:05 as a “success,” even if I did manage to jog the whole thing, which was my ultimate goal.)
Think of this training log as more of a confidence boost. When I was freaking out about my short time frame to prepare for the Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon, once I heard I’d likely get plucked off the waiting list, I got inspired by looking through my dad’s 30-year-old running log from the year he ran a 4-hour marathon “just for fun,” without doing any serious training or recording a single run over 10 miles.
In my case, I started with a decent base in the sense that I’ve been running 4-5 days a week for nearly four years now, with only one 6-week injury hiatus a couple of years ago. That being said, I totaled only 72.5 miles during my holiday run streak from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Though my sister and I completed a 50-mile run/walk (running only about 1/3 of that distance) on Nov. 8, my longest run since then was 7 miles. And I did not record a single run of more than 10 miles during all of 2013.
So, here’s what I did. Notice that I only got above 40 miles once. So believe me, if I could finish a marathon, so can you.